Good Samaritan shot while trying to stop robbers: I would do the same for anyone

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by Vicente Arenas / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 9, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 9 at 6:50 PM

HOUSTON – A good Samaritan who was shot while trying to barricade robbery suspects in a Houston convenience store overnight said he just wanted to make sure no one else was injured in the hold-up.

Jeffrey Williamson said he goes to Pak’s Convenience Store on West Alabama every night to help with security, because he knows the owner.

He said he was in the back of the store when two robbery suspects barged in and told the customers to hit the floor.

One of the suspects hopped over the counter, hit the clerk in the head and started grabbing money.

That’s when Williamson, who said he served in the Marine Corps in the 90s, sprang into action.

"Just to get their attention, I just walked out. They confronted me, and I didn’t say anything – I just walked out," Williamson recalled. "I closed the door, and the guy was still saying whatever he was saying – curse words, whatever – and then I just stood there, and that really irritated him. And I wouldn’t let him out."

Williamson said the suspect got angry and started kicking the door. Then, the second suspect, who had the gun, jumped back over the counter, came over to the door and shot through the glass, striking Williamson in the shoulder.

"The bullet went in and out. I didn’t notice at the time, but it’s nothing compared to what happens in the military," Williamson said.

The suspects fled the scene, but the whole thing was caught by surveillance cameras. Anyone with information on the suspects' identities should call police.

"They want to get out of there as fast as possible. They don’t want to go to jail. That’s the last thing they want is to be held accountable. They want the money, they want to hurt, whatever, and get on their way," Williamson said.

Williamson said he stood up to the suspects because innocent people’s lives were at stake.

"Those are people’s lives … I would do the same for y’all," he said.

He said he plans to be back at the store Thursday night, as always, just in case there is trouble.

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